YPS Session Descriptions 2018
Young Professionals Summit 2018
Two years ago, GMF’s Young Professionals Summit tackled a subject few were focused on yet: “(Re)Formation: Transatlantic Leadership Amid Crisis.” The discussion noted core connections through the alliance’s strong economic ties, similar cultural values, and deep military cooperation. It also extracted divergent policy positions that have only been exacerbated in the intervening time, including different positions on Iraq, NATO enlargement, and the 2 percent pledge on national defense spending, as well as different approaches to the global economic crisis, data protection, and relationships with emerging economies.
Today, 2016 looks like an entirely different era as transatlantic relations have undergone a massive upheaval triggered by concerns around migration and immigration, Brexit, the rise of China, slow global economic growth, Russian interference, aggression from North Korea, the continuing surge of populist currents in the United States and European elections — all resulting in a seismic shift in leadership (and faith in government leadership) on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the wake of these changes, one thing is clear: The vast majority of people within the transatlantic alliance are connected by strong partnerships and networks that still support mutually held democratic ideals. Now the question becomes: Can the leadership build up that connectivity to fortify the partnership or will we see new alliances forged and continued shifts in the balance of global geopolitics?
- As 2018 unfolds, what are the biggest challenges for on both sides of the Atlantic?
- How can we find effective solutions without trust as the foundation? And is there a way to rebuild the trust lost?
- How can we hold institutions and leaders accountable?
Gender dynamics in the workplace are changing faster than ever. From the #MeToo campaign helping topple sexual harassers and predators to a growing fight for equality, it is about time. How can businesses adapt and encourage men to become co-champions for change? The answer requires ending myths about men, particularly dads. Josh Levs is the global leader in addressing this. An award-winning former NPR and CNN journalist and entrepreneur, he is a UN Gender Champion and author of the Nautilus Gold-winning book All In.
It is no surprise that advancements in technology have yet again transformed the way we do business. From the means of communication and interacting to the way companies acquire top talent, our global workforce will continue to evolve and mandate new skillsets — whether we possess them or not. Today’s workforce already struggles to keep pace with these new technological demands. As the risk of creating wider intergenerational and knowledge gaps grow, the world economy could confront a deficit in qualified workers. That makes the proper education of our next generation not just important, but a necessity to stay competitive in a global economy. With burgeoning economic juggernauts in Asia and elsewhere actively investing in the next generation of workers, where do the United States and Europe stand in comparison?
- How are big data social platforms like LinkedIn, changing the way we track workforce trends and perceive ourselves in the workplace?
- With an entrepreneurial and socially active next generation, how are organizations engaging and harnessing that energy for innovation?
- How are companies trying to bridge this intergenerational and knowledge gap?
- How does investing in diversity play into this equation?
In the immortal words of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, governments and democracy should be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” If we examine our institutions today, though, would they measure up to President Lincoln’s standard? Recent elections across the Atlantic spotlighted the growing dichotomy between voters and policymakers. Technological, cultural, and demographic changes were used to target voters’ fears and anxieties and provided platforms to divide, rather than unite, constituencies.
How can we, as the next generation of leaders, engage today’s establishment-wary citizen — redefined by their global connectivity, political awareness, and issue-driven involvement — to invest in their government and communities for the social good of all?
Young leaders from across the Atlantic will discuss their engagement methods for overcoming these obstacles and the opportunities they are embracing.
- With society being more connected now than ever, why are our representatives often so disconnected?
- How has the role of identity, technology and culture played into citizen engagement within your constituency?
- How do millennials from both sides of the Atlantic — and Wider Atlantic — play into voting habits and patterns?
- How can we engage the current leadership more effectively?
The subnational or city-level of government is increasingly involved in identifying and addressing complex security issues. Major soft-target vulnerabilities and threats confront city leaders in the United States and Europe alike with more frequent terrorist attacks in the past four to five years, and entrenched challenges like radicalization, trafficking, gender violence, hate crime still prevalent. Mayors and governors are tasked not only with the implementation of policies decided by their national and regional governments, but they must also develop security strategies at their own level to handle the myriad of challenges facing modern cities.
This night-owl session will examine the complex environment of urban security and explore the questions around responsibilities and cooperation between different levels of government, the adaptation of national security strategies and operations in the urban environment, as well as the necessary participation of the private sector and civil society — particularly citizens — in sound security policymaking.
- What are the biggest security challenges for mayors and governors on both sides of the Atlantic?
- What types of European and Transatlantic cooperation between cities and regions should be developed to tackle these issues?
- Given the multitude of threats, how should urban security actors coordinate with national governments to implement overall strategies, share intelligence, and prevent security crises? Notably, what types of cooperation between local police and militaries?
With all the advances in today’s modern society, obtaining a work-life balanced should not be something to strive for, but the standard. While numerous books and articles have focused on women obtaining this coveted balance, there has been little discussion on how men cope with this struggle and how traditional gender roles affect their pursuit for a balanced life — at work and at home. This Night Owl session will examine the changing nature of gender roles in the 21st century, what work-life balance means for both men and women, and what institutions and policies can do to adapt to the needs of employers and employers.
- What can individuals and institutions do to adapt to the demands of the 21st century when it comes to changing roles in the workplace and at home?
- How does the United States and Europe differ on these issues? How does regional and sectoral diversity play into this equation?
- What are proactive steps that our generation can take to make these issues more prominent within our industries?
What makes and breaks alliances? Are trust and shared interests — sometimes shares values too — enough? Is an ally always a partner, or can s/he also be a competitor? As global power dynamics shift and mutate, what role do culture and history play in deciding allegiances and rivalries? What is their lingering influence in the shaping of relations between peoples and states?
This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to take part in a simulation exercise designed to show the intricacies of alliance dynamics and shifting power structures. It seeks to explore the interaction between rational positioning and collective imagination in the shaping of global relations. By immersing themselves in a tailored setting, participants will examine the role cultural references and heritage play in forging alliances, how former crises foes can become friends, and how the willingness and capacity to adapt become key competencies in times of distrust.
Why does the transatlantic relationship matter to your work? How is the value of transatlantic cooperation viewed in your city or town? What can the YPS network do to strengthen transatlantic cooperation? This workshop will engage participants in a dialogue around how to enliven the transatlantic relationship in different spheres and why it matters. Participants will learn different approaches to small group dialogue and techniques for facilitation that they will practice during the workshop. In addition to learning these concrete skills, the dialogue will be designed to unlock new perspectives for how YPS participants can collaborate at work, at home, and with each other to deliver on GMF’s mission. Join the conversation to get to know each other at a deeper level, discuss the current state of the transatlantic relationship, and brainstorm opportunities to make an impact.
An understanding of the brain science behind implicit bias and othering will help 21st century leaders more effectively work towards justice and equity for all. Learn how tools such as the implicit bias cycle and targeted universalism can deepen your thinking and your inclusive leadership skills. This workshop will help you explore your own implicit biases, exploring and employing different strategies to achieve better outcomes across diverse populations. Drawing on the young professionals' diverse set of experiences and backgrounds, this session will facilitate learning and professional development.d ideologies in the service of finding practical solutions is key to maximizing your leadership impact, career growth, and networking abilities in an increasingly complex social and political environment. This workshop will help you explore your own leadership style and study differences in leadership styles across cultures, exploring and employing different strategies to build consensus for solutions while navigating biases. Drawing on the young professionals' diverse set of experiences and backgrounds, this session will facilitate learning and professional development.
Over the last few years, policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic have become increasingly concerned that the liberal international order is in danger. At first, threats to this Western-led order seemed to emanate mostly from the outside, as rising powers such as China and Russia challenged the existing order. But with the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump as the U.S. president, it has become clear that there are plenty of actors within our societies who are equally opposed to existing global order.
But what exactly are the opposed to — and what do proponents of the liberal international order want to defend? It is not clear if either the critics or the supporters agree on the most essential components of the order. Is it about the West? It about free trade and neoliberal economics? Is it about democracy and human rights? What makes the order "liberal" anyway? Do we need to scale back the liberal international order to save it? What would a world without it look like? | Get caught up on Out of Order before the session and subscribe on iTunes here.